By Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester voters will have more than a full slate of candidates to consider when they go to the polls on Nov. 2 as the city goes through its 10-year cycle of potential amendments to the city charter.
The city charter was last amended in 2010, when Canal Winchester reached city status, which became effective on April 29, 2011.
In 2020, a Charter Review Commission was established with Mayor Mike Ebert appointing five members and the council appointing six individuals. They presented their findings and recommendations to the council, who then debated the merits of the proposed changes and later forwarded a finalized issue for placement on the general election ballot.
“All of the proposed amendments will be in one issue,” said Finance Director Amanda Jackson. “If it does not pass, the charter as it currently reads remains in effect.”
Amendments to the charter appearing before voters in November include:
•The clerk of council will be subject to the control of the officers of council and shall be responsible for other duties as assigned by council.
•Two copies of an ordinance will be kept at all times in the clerk of council’s office, or elsewhere at city hall, and available for reference by interested persons.
•Ordinances and resolutions will be published by posting copies in not less than three public places in the city, and on the municipal website.
•On or before the last day of January in 2000 and each five years thereafter, the mayor shall appoint five and the council shall appoint six members of the Charter Review Commission. This is a change from the previous 10-year standard.
•Three references to Canal Winchester as a village within the charter were also amended to reflect its designation as a city. A 10.02 recall section was also proposed for clarification regarding advertising for a recall election for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in Canal Winchester, and on the city website.
“Voters can contact the city for more information or reach out to their respective board of elections for the official ballot language,” said Jackson.